Is it just us, or are Dodgers fans of a certain age starting to feel extremely old?
“Cody Bellinger’s already approaching free agency” old. “Jimmy Rollins is on the Hall of Fame ballot” old. “Chase Utley looked 50 years old when he was an active player on our roster, and that was four years ago” old.
Well, welcome to hell, Los Angeles, because it only gets worse from here.
Please enjoy a video of Juan Uribe JR., a member of the CLASS OF 2022, fielding grounders slickly at short just like his father used to in his younger days.
Juan Sr. was a blast and a half during his Dodgers days, known mostly for keeping things loose and drilling a clutch homer off the Atlanta Braves during the 2013 postseason.
Juan Jr.? His journey’s just getting started, and he looks like a chip off the old block — yeah, there’s that word again. “Old.”
Juan Uribe Jr. looks just like his ex-Dodgers father
No, he doesn’t look like Uribe Sr. during his Dodgers days, after he’d mostly forsaken shortstop for the comforts of second and third (though he played a full nine-inning game at short in 2012 at the age of 33!).
Uribe Jr. looks like the younger version of Juan who came up as a wild child in Colorado and won a ring with the 2005 White Sox, making his name as a perfectly serviceable middle infielder and elite clubhouse presence/cigar chomper.
Hell, he still played 103 games at short with the 2010 World Champion Giants (shudder), though Edgar Renteria hogs the headlines there because of his World Series performance.
Uribe Sr. is probably extra excited this weekend to be thinking about his son’s future prospects once the International Signing Window opens on Jan. 15. After all, this is one of his least favorite months of the year, as we know from his iconic quote.
No word yet on where Uribe Jr. is likely to land, but would it kill the Dodgers to jump in front of the pack here?
Just don’t let the Giants have the happy family reunion, that’s all we ask. Wherever these Uribes end up, good times tend to follow.